Maryland reported its fifth consecutive day of fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases and its second straight day of fewer than 1,000 related hospitalizations across the state Monday.
Here’s how the state’s key coronavirus numbers broke down Monday:
Maryland health officials reported 520 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 449,509 cases the illness caused by the coronavirus since March 2020.
The state’s 14-day average of new cases has fallen every day since April 20 and has been below 1,000 for three straight days.
There were 20 more deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 8,605.
The state’s 14-day average of COVID-19 deaths has been more than a dozen since April 7.
The state reported that 953 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, seven fewer people than Sunday.
Until Sunday, hospitalizations had been above 1,000 every day since March 29, but Monday was sixth consecutive day that hospitalizations have dropped. Currently, 265 people diagnosed with COVID-19 are in intensive care units.
The state’s seven-day average positivity rate increased slightly to 3.69%, up from 3.64% Sunday. The rate measures the share of positive tests over the past seven days.
It was the 10th consecutive day the state’s rate has been below 5%, the World Health Organization’s benchmark for remaining under for two weeks before easing pandemic-related restrictions.
The total number of state residents who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 grew to a little more than 2.1 million as 14,102 more people were reported Monday have been fully vaccinated.
About 35% of Maryland residents have been fully vaccinated by either receiving both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Additionally, about 2.8 million state residents, or about 46% of Maryland’s population, have received at least their first dose of a vaccine.
Health officials reported 11,408 first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were administered in the past 24 hours, in addition to 13,748 second doses of the two vaccines and 354 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state reported a total of 25,510 doses administered Monday.
Giant Food announced Monday that all 152 of its grocery stores in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware would offer the vaccine to customers on a walk-in basis.
Vaccines by age:
The state reported that 81.1% of residents 65 or older have received at least their first dose of a vaccine as of Monday. In addition, 65.3% of Marylanders 50 to 64, 48.7% of those 18 to 49, and 34% of 16- and 17-year-olds have gotten their first doses, according to the health department.
Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds, and no immunization has been approved for children under 16.
Vaccines by race:
About 2.72 times more white people have been fully vaccinated compared with Black residents, according to state health department data. The demographics account for 58.5% and 31% of the state’s roughly 6 million residents, respectively.
The state does not have racial data on 271,241 administered vaccine doses, not counting federal entities, which were added to the health department’s data for the first time Saturday.
In addition, about 5.5% of residents who have been fully vaccinated identify as Hispanic or Latino, according to available data on ethnicity from the state health department. About 10.6% of Marylanders are Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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The state does not have ethnicity data — Hispanic versus non-Hispanic — for 283,832 administered vaccine doses, not counting federal entities.
Vaccines by county:
Worcester County on the Eastern Shore became the third county in Maryland with 40% of its population fully vaccinated Monday, joining Howard and Talbot counties as the only state jurisdictions to reach that milestone.
Nearby Somerset County continues to have the state’s lowest fully vaccinated rate as 22.3% of its roughly 26,000 residents have been fully inoculated, according to state health department data.
Among the state’s five most populated jurisdictions, which represent more than 65% of the state’s total population, Montgomery County has the highest rate of fully vaccinated residents, with state health officials reporting that about 37.8% of the county’s more than 1 million residents have been fully inoculated.
Prince George’s County, which has continually ranked among the bottom counties in the proportion of residents who have been vaccinated, reported the lowest rate among those five jurisdictions, which also include Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. As of Monday, 25.7% of Prince George’s roughly 909,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, according to state health department data.
Of the two most populated counties in Maryland, Montgomery is about 60% white and Prince George’s is about 64% Black.